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Today we had to sort out the travel and accommodation for the next few days so we spent the morning and lunchtime in the hostel trying to work out trains and hostels.  Not much fun but we eventually got there and had it sorted.  The afternoon we went to the train station and booked the tickets fo Cesky Krumlov - well actually we could only get tickets to Prague and then just have to sort ourselves out once we got there - which was fine as we had thought about getting a bus from Prague to Krumlov as it was a bit cheaper and quicker.  The station was near the market place so we decided head there for a walk around and check out some of the small squares which branch off from the main street and then grab a bite to eat and a couple of beers and sit down and people watch for a bit.
  We went into 2 squares, one was old town covered in grafitti, untidy and little art house stores.  The other was an up market flashy place which had absolutely no character.

We then got a bit hungry so headed back to the market.  We gabbed some food off a street store and walked to the nearby park to sit and eat.  Was a top idea as the weather was great - sun was shining and no breeze - so we found a spot on the grass and spent an hour or so relaxing and enjoying the sunshine by the river near the Museum Island.  On Thursday evenings most of the museums are free entry so like most other germans around we took up the invitation and went into the museum which had ancient egyption and greece stuff.  It wasn't very big so it only took an hour to walk through and see it all.
  The tour guide pointed out a building yesterday which is full of squatters which are artists and explained that basically the squatters set up a little community and then the shops opened up around them.

This place was covered completely with graffiti, out the back was old car wrecks, massive steel sculptures, various techno music pumping and quite a number of people sitting around enjoying a drink in the sun.  Inside the building you'd think it was just abandoned and all the kids had gotten in there with spray cans, but closer look at some of the stuff was really intricate - amazing what some people can do with a spray can.  Some of the rooms were open and you can go in and see the artists work.  A place we'll both remember as something distinctively different to what we're used to.
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